Monday, August 18, 2014

dreamin' quilt

My family and I spent the past few days in Iowa for a little vacation. We visited the area where my husband spent most of his childhood and we enjoyed some quality family time. I had a lot of time to hand bind in the car, so on Saturday I was able to finish not one, but two quilts! Hurray!
I am thankful my husband was willing to help me photograph my quilts there. I LOVE old buildings. There is a LOT of patina in Iowa and I have the photos to prove it! Hahahaha! I need to take my quilts out on location more often. It's worth the extra effort!
For the fabric, I started with a fat quarter stack of dreamin' vintage, then added some stash fabric. I purchased a few blenders and solids to round things out. I used my little connections pattern, but in a lap size. I made binding for this quilt twice. The first time I made yellow binding, but the tone wasn't quite right. I made more binding, this time with some green Kaffe Fassett dots. Much better! It really pulls all of the elements together. As it should!
I pieced the backing from my stash. I feel like I stretched myself a little bit, and I'm pleased with how it came together. I like the combination an awful lot!
The quilt measures about 66" x 78".
 
This summer marks my 14th year of quilting! AND.....this is my 250th quilt finish to date!!!! (I count baby size and larger.) I have yet to come up with a way to celebrate this milestone, but I'm going to come up with SOMEthing. Until then, here's to the next 250!!!
 
Happy Monday to you!

69 comments:

Katherine said...

Beautiful finish! Wow. That is a milestone. 250... man, trying to wrap my brain around that... LOL. Here's to each and every one of those quilts and more to come!

Jenny said...

wwwwwwwow! That's a lot of quilts! Way to go!

the mrs said...

Amaaaazing!!!! What I want to know is how many of those 250 quilts still live with you in your home?!

liz said...

250 --- I can't wrap my brain around that either! Congrats!

Sarah said...

Shut up! 250 quilts?

Melissa Corry said...

Wow Amanda, 250!!! That is amazing!!! And yes, you should totally celebrate big time!!! What an inspiration you are to all of us.

Scrapspj said...

Congrats! That's a beautiful 250th! Is it one of your designs?

Heidi said...

Love your quilt! I grew up in Iowa, and it's still my favorite place to visit. My favorite quilt shop is Inspirations in Hills, Iowa. Congratulations on 250 quilts, that's amazing! I never thought to keep track of how many I make.

Jane Cisneros said...

It's just beautiful and, wow, 250?!?! I can only aspire to a tiny portion of your quilting accomplishment ... congratulations!
Jane @ Handiworking.com

Jane Cisneros said...

By the way, I was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. ��

Katie V said...

Happy 250th!!! That's a huge milestone and one that definitely deserves some celebration :)

Anne said...

congrats on the finish of 250!! I'm afraid to count my finishes . . . I probably have more tops than actual finishes.

Lara B. said...

Amanda, your quilt and the settings in which you photographed it are so pretty.
KowaBunga! 250 quilts! Pardon me while I pick myself off the floor!
That is so amazing!

cheerfulhomemaker said...

Congratulations on hitting such a big milestone!

Jenny said...

Congratulations on your milestone. I love reading your blog, you are all so enthusiastic and full of fun. Here's to another 250 quilts!!

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm also wondering how many of those 250 quilts live with you?! I love this quilt- such a great use for scraps too!

Rene' said...

Congratulations on your incredible milestone!! This 250th quilt is beautiful. Looking forward to your next 250 quilts.

Betty Back said...

You must have started quilting around the same time I did. I have not made 250 quilts though, congrats on that. Was born and raised right here in Iowa.

Henry's Shed said...

Oh my goodness! 250 quilts! That's amazing! I love this latest quilt finish, just beautiful xx

Lisa H. said...

Wow-250 quilts and more on the way! Thanks for sharing your artistry and creativity with us!

Daytona Damsel said...

250 quilts congratulations. This one is a keeper.

evaj said...

You are amazing and your quilt is so beautiful .This pattern I like and have also sewn a few quilts / hug Bambi

Lana said...

Wonderful!!!! YES!!! CELEBRATE!!!!
I love your quilt!

sew...what did you do with all those quilts?

Linda said...

What an awesome achievement! Beautiful quilts too.

molly b quilts said...

CONGRATS! What a milestone!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Wow! 250 quilts? That's incredible! And this most recent finish is beautiful! I love all the bright colors.

Suzanne said...

The photos are incredible. I love the contrast in the color and the texture. Photo shoots are great and I bet they inspire conversation or at least quizzical looks.

So where do you record the inventory? Is it a secret notebook or all on the blog? Congrats on all that quilting love.

Kimberly said...

You are my quilty inspiration!

Lesley said...

Beautiful quilt...fun and fresh!

DeborahGun said...

what a milestone - congratulations :-)

Tamie said...

Wow. That's an impressive number. Thanks for the inspiration.

S Staum said...

Congratulations! 250- that's an impressive number! How have you even kept track?? I love this one- so cheerful!

KathyinMN said...

Wow and wow on 250. (We're supposed to count? LOL!!!)

SeaBreeze Quilts said...

Congratulations on your 250th!!! I thought I was clever as I started work on my 10th this week ;-P
Thanks for the inspiration and education!

Mihaela said...

Congratulations, Amanda! And what happened with them? Do you keep a record? Do you like to know where is every quilt you made?
Awesome achievement!

Lyndsey said...

Wow that is an impressive number of quilts made. I love the one pictured above and taking quilts out for a photo shoot works really well.

Lori Ross said...

Happy 14th year!
A very pretty finish !

katie kasel said...

You have such a gift! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next 250!

Barb N said...

That's definitely a milestone! Of course you should celebrate by buying some new fabric for the next 250 quilts!

Lorna McMahon said...

Congrats on another gorgeous finish and on attaining such an amazing milestone! Love that first picture sew much! Here you have been causing me to wish I had a clothes line... And now you have me wishing I took road trips with my quilts, too!

Kris said...

Well the quilt is spectacular enough but then to see that it is the 250th finish!!! Wow blows me away. I need to get to quilting right now! Makes me wonder what I have been doing with my life.haha

Anina said...

I love this pattern. I'm definitely going to make a scrappy quilt using it one day.
Congrats on your 250th quilt! Where are they all?

Thimbleanna said...

Another beauty CrazyMom! I love the colors in this one. Do you suppose, one day, archaeologists will find your body buried under a mound of decaying quilts???

Jeneta said...

250 quilts!!! That warms my heart (and no doubt your quilts are literally warming others!). I think I'll aim for a tenth of your 250 (though I'm almost there!).

Sarah Fredette said...

250 is awesome! As in, literally full of awe. :D And what a bright happy gorgeous quilt to mark the occassion!

KMSC said...

What a beautiful, bright quilt. I love the mixture of colors. Congrats on 250 quilts! I've been quilting much longer and don't have half as many quilts finished.

Di~ said...

Beautiful quilt, love the milestones too! Be proud.

Muddling Through said...

What a great quilt! And you're right - that setting is perfect to show it off. Congratulations on so many finishes. That is wonderful!

Peppermint Lane said...

Congratulations.
250 quilts is impressive! Thanks for being so inspirational and sharing your quilts.

tink's mom said...

Congrats on the milestone. Wonderful background for your quilt photo. Wonderful quilt.

Pauline Perry said...

Congratulations on your 250th quilt!! To celebrate I suggest that you go to a quilt show you have always wanted to go to but never could - for example the Paducah quilt show - can't remember what it is called but it is a big deal quilt show - or the Annual quilt show in Birmingham England in AUgust - or one in Paris or Australia - I am sure there is one you can indulge yourself in. My personal favourite is always the one in LaConner Washington state during first week of October each year - wonderful little place - has a textile museum and wonderful restaurants and boutiquey shops and galleries. Have fun - enjoy - and celebrate.
Pauline

perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Duluth Girl said...

Beautiful quilt and congrats on reaching such a milestone! The math geek in me wanted to figure out how many per year that would be......that's 17.86 quilts per year!!!!! Whew!

Mary Ann said...

Love the quilt! Great accomplishment also.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

This one is such a beauty!!
Amanda

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is beautiful! Glad I was able to see it from the very beginnings.

Andrea said...

Love the photography!!!!

Kitten said...

250 quilts...amazing! I love the happy colors of this one...can't wait to see more of your artwork.
Debbie
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Jacki White said...

Im in love with this quilt! Those colours are just absolutely divine!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Love the backing! Congratulations!!!

Sandi said...

Congratulations on 250 quilts! Hope you are able to double that! Quilts are an excretion of caring and to make them ourselves or quilt them for others is an honour!

Josie McRazie said...

Congrats on a big 250!!! I love the quilt!! Here's to the next 250!!!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

this quilt just makes me smile! It is so full of happy colors! fantastic!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

A Nudge said...

It is a pleasure to visit with you on your blog. The quilts in this last post are an example why - vibrant, colorful and just plain gorgeous. You have such a wonderful color sense.

Annemieke said...

Congratulations on your 250th quilt!!! Wow that is a lot isn't it?!! I always love reading your posts. This quilt looks good so does the binding and backing. It is fun if the backing is a bit of a surprise I think.
Groetjes
Annemieke

Jade Prosser said...

I love this quilt so much and that is such an awesome milestone. I need to start cataloging quilts made ... they are so easy to forget with time. Congratulations!

Barb N said...

Holy moly, that's a lotta quilts! Have you ever stopped to estimate how many stitches that is? :)

u keep sewing said...

You are an inspiration to all. Enjoy your posts, ideas and warm heart.
Thanks :-) TJ

Mitts McMaster said...

Your daily accomplishments put me to shame, congratulations on this latest and where are you going to stash the next 250?

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said...

I couldn't leave a comment on your post about 250 quilts, so I wanted to leave a post here just to tell you congratulations! That's awesome.